March 5, 2019
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton and Corey Graves
Results by: Roy Nemer of Wrestleview.com
Quick Match Results
- The Miz defeated Jey Uso via Skull Crushing Finale
- United States Championship Fatal 4-Way: Samoa Joe defeated R-Truth (c), Rey Mysterio and Andrade via Rock Bottom on Andrade to win the title
- Aleister Black & Ricochet defeated The Bar via 630 by Ricochet on Cesaro
- Mandy Rose defeated Naomi via Angel’s Wings
- Kevin Owens defeated Rowan by DQ when Daniel Bryan attacked Owens
In-Ring: Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens
WWE Smackdown Live kicks off with champion Daniel Bryan coming down to the ring with Rowan. Bryan gets in the ring and points to the titan tron. Clips of last week’s contract signing airs where we see Kofi Kingston talk about his 11 years with the company.
Bryan says that last week he remained silent as everyone gushed over Kofi Kingston. And he remained silent as Vince McMahon replaced Kofi Kingston with Kevin Owens at Fastlane. But this time, it is his turn to speak and their turn to remain silent. Rowan tells the crowd to shut up and to open their ears because Daniel will enlighten everyone. A loud “Kofi” chant from the crowd.
The champion says he isn’t out here to talk about Kofi Kingston and why would he because Kofi is not a leader. Kofi is a supporting player, which is why Kofi is exactly where he should be; with his buddies the New Day on a promotional tour in India. Vince was right to replace him but maybe he shouldn’t have replaced him with Kevin Owens. Daniel says he understands why everyone likes Kevin Owens because Kevin Owens is just like them. He looks like them, he thinks like them and he does not deserve a shot at the WWE championship.
Because Kevin Owens is a nobody. But that’s what makes him so dangerous. Because a nobody is somebody with nothing to lose. And he has everything to lose because he is the planet’s champion. He has the pressure of knowing that if he loses, the entire planet loses. And he doesn’t want anyone to call him a martyr.
Kevin Owens’ music hits as the challenger comes out. Kevin says that ever since he got injured 5 months ago, he stepped away from being a superstar and went back to being just a member of the WWE universe. Because for 5 months, he sat down with his family and watched every Raw and every Smackdown Live. And as great as that time off with his family was, it was very hard to sit back and watch other people do what he likes to do. Except when Daniel Bryan was out. Because when Bryan was out, it wasn’t hard it was just awful. It was awful watching him walk out like a maniac and act above everyone. And if there’s something he can’t stand, it’s someone who thinks he is better than everyone else.
Owens says one thing he didn’t like was Bryan throwing the WWE championship in the trash. And at the moment, he knew when he wanted to come back and who he wanted to go after. And he thinks he speaks for the entire WWE universe when he says that Bryan deserves to have his condescending mouth shut and he’s the one who will do it. Bryan says it’s not his mouth he should be worried about considering all the garbage they shove down their throats.
Kevin Owens asks if this is the Daniel Bryan who resorts to fat jokes. Kevin says Bryan is a pretentious jackass. But he doesn’t have a reality show, he doesn’t have a 7 foot tall back-up dancer. Bryan cuts him off and says the only reason he doesn’t have a 7 footer next to him is because he doesn’t have any friends left. Kevin Owens gets in the ring and says it’s true. But that’s fine because last week, he didn’t need anyone to hit him with that stunner and pin him 1,2, 3 in the ring. And the bottom line is he never meant to take Kofi’s opportunity. But at Fastlane, it is his intention to beat him again and this time take the WWE title from him.
Rowan gets in Kevin’s face as Bryan backs up. Kevin asks him if they have a problem and hits him. Rowan runs after Owens but Owens lowers the ropes as Rowan goes to the outside. Owens goes for the stunner but Bryan pushes him off and Rowan lands a chokeslam.
Jey Uso vs. The Miz
The Uso’s get on the microphone and say at the Elimination Chamber, they became 6 time tag team champions. But at Fastlane, it’s them against the best tag team in the world. Jimmy says he’s not sure if he can take more of this bromance between The Miz and Shane. They talk about how they will beat Shane and The Miz at Fastlane.
Out come Shane and The Miz. Shane says they are the best tag team in the world and come Sunday they will be seeing who will last laugh. The Miz says tonight if Jey loses focuses, he will exploit him and beat him. He and Shane have a second chance at Fastlane and in his hometown, he will make Shane and his dad proud. The Usos go after The Miz and Shane but the best tag team in the world throw them over the top rope.
Back from commercial and the match is under way. The Miz with a DDT. He goes for the cover but Jey kicks out. The Miz goes for the Skull Crushing Finale but Jey reverses it into the Samoan drop. Jey climbs the top rope, he goes for the splash but The Miz puts his feet up. Jey lands on his feet and goes for the cover. Jimmy pushes Jey with his feet, adding more pressure on the cover. However a 2 count only as The Miz kicks out. Shane hits Jimmy on the outside. Jey runs to the ropes to go after Shane but The Miz lands the Skull Crushing Finale. He goes for the cover and gets the victory.
Winner: The Miz
Backstage: Charlotte Flair
Charlotte Flair is backstage. She asks if it’s just her or is SmackDown Live missing the presence of her best friend Becky Lynch. She really misses her on her crutches and her suffering because of the beating Ronda Rousey gave her. Charlotte says if she beats Becky at Fastlane, Becky is done. But if Becky wins, the WrestleMania match becomes a triple threat. But she wants to have a friendly discussion with Becky Lynch tonight.
United States Championship
R-Truth (c) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade
R-Truth says he wants to be like his childhood hero John Cena. But he didn’t realize that Cena issued a United States open challenge every single week. He did it once and he’s already tired. He tells Carmella he’s exhausted. Carmella says it’s like Cena says, you can never give up. R-Truth says it’s true but he also said you can’t see me but he sees John Cena all the time. He sees Cena on his Cena poster in his bed room, his Cena bed sheets and even watched a movie about a car that was an alien robot and John Cena showed up there too.
Carmella tells him he has to be brave, right after the 7 second dance break. The two dance. R-Truth says fine, the U.S open challenge starts now.
Lacey Evans’ music hits and she comes out then goes to the back. R-Truth tells her to come back.
Samoa Joe’s music hits and he comes to the ring. Rey Mysterio’s music hits and he comes out. Andrade’s music hits and he’s out with Zelina Vega. The match is announced as a fatal four way match and R-Truth is angry.
Back from commercial and Samoa Joe is the only man standing. He throws Andrade to the outside. He grabs R-Truth and throws him to the outside. Joe with a power slam on Mysterio followed by an elbow drop. He goes for the cover but Rey Mysterio kicks out. Samoa Joe throws Rey Mysterio to the outside. Mysterio goes to the outside of the ring and throws the champion into the barricade. He goes after Rey Mysterio and a big chop to the chest. He walks up to Andrade and the two exchange chops. Samoa Joe sends Andrade into the ring. A forearm to the face by Samoa Joe as he yells to Andrade telling him to get up. Samoa Joe with punches to Andrade. Mysterio gets back in the ring and a knee to the stomach by Samoa Joe. Andrade with right hands and forearms. A spinning back elbow by Andrade. With Joe in the corner, Andrade runs towards him but Joe moves out of the way as Andrade falls over the top rope to the outside. Joe runs through the ropes and a suicide dive onto Andrade. Samoa Joe grabs Rey Mysterio and sends him into the ring post. Samoa Joe lifts Rey Mysterio but Mysterio fights off and R-Truth with a drop kick from behind as Mysterio falls over the barricade.
Back from commercial, Andrade with Eddie Guerrero’s three amigos suplexes on Rey Mysterio. Andrade climbs the top rope and imitates Eddie Guerrero but Mysterio with a right hand slows Andrade. Mysterio on the ring apron as Andrade goes for the suplex. R-Truth lifts Andrade up on his shoulders, Mysterio jumps but Andrade with a roll-up on R-Truth and Mysterio lands on Samoa Joe. A two count as R-Truth kicks out.
A right hand by R-Truth onto Mysterio. R-Truth with a big splash on Joe followed by a splash on Andrade and Mysterio. R-Truth goes for a splash on Joe but Joe throws him to the mat. Andrade hits Samoa Joe taking him to the outside. With Mysterio and R-Truth down in the ring, Andrade goes for the moonsault. R-Truth moves out of the way, Andrade lands on his feet and a moonsault on Mysterio. Joe throws Andrade into the ring post. A drop kick by R-Truth onto Joe followed by a big splash.
R-Truth with a spine buster onto Samoa Joe. He lifts Mysterio and throws him on top of Samoa Joe. R-Truth imitates John Cena with the You Can’t See Me and a double five knuckle shuffle. He goes for the cover on Samoa Joe but Joe kicks out. R-Truth goes for the scissor kick on Joe but Joe with the Coquina clutch on R-Truth. Mysterio with a 619 from behind onto Joe. R-Truth rolls Mysterio for the cover but Mysterio kicks out. R-Truth goes after Mysterio but Mysterio moves and Truth on the apron. Andrade kicks R-Truth down to the outside.
Mysterio slides under the ropes onto R-Truth. Andrade goes to the outside and a power bomb onto Mysterio. Vega with a hurricanrana onto R-Truth. Carmella with a super kick on Vega. With Mysterio in the ring, Andrade goes for the power bomb but Mysterio reverses it into a piledriver. Mysterio lands the 619. Mysterio with a frog splash. Joe with a senton on Mysterio. Joe lifts Andrade up and delivers a modified Rock Bottom. He goes for the cover and gets the 3 count.
Winner and New United States Champion, Samoa Joe
Video: The New Day
A video airs of The New Day in India where they say that they will be at Fastlane.
Backstage: Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe is backstage and is asked about his title. Joe says the champ is not one to come out and do dance breaks. He doesn’t love John Cena. All of his opponents will find disrespect and they will have nightmares about getting in the ring with him.
Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. The Bar
The bell rings and we are under way. Ricochet and Sheamus start the match. Sheamus sends Ricochet to the ropes but a right hand by Ricochet. A knee to the stomach by Sheamus. He sends Ricochet to the ropes but a drop kick by Ricochet. Followed by a shooting star. He goes for the cover but Sheamus kicks out. Sheamus lifts Ricochet up and puts him on the top rope. A big kick by Ricochet. Cesaro distracts Ricochet and a big boot by Sheamus sends Ricochet to the outside.
Back from commercial, Cesaro with a modified arm lock onto Ricochet but Ricochet gets out of it. Ricochet with a jumping DDT. Cesaro makes the tag and Black is tagged in. Black with a spinning elbow onto Sheamus followed by kicks. Black jumps off the second rope and lands a moonsault. Black with a knee to the face. He goes for the cover but Cesaro breaks it up. Cesaro is tagged in. Sheamus with a back breaker on Black with Cesaro jumping off the top rope with a knee. He goes for the cover but Black kicks out.
With Cesaro taunting, Black hits the Black Mass. Black tags Ricochet in. Black jumps over the top rope onto Sheamus. Ricochet with the 630 onto Cesaro. He goes for the cover and gets the 3 count.
Winners: Ricochet and Aleister Black
After the match, Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev attack Aleister Black and Ricochet from behind. Out come the Hardy Boyz. They clean house taking out The Bar, Rusev and Nakamura.
Mandy Rose vs. Naomi
The bell rings and a big kick by Naomi takes Mandy down. Naomi with a jaw breaker. Sonya gets on the ring apron and that distracts Naomi. Mandy with a big knee onto Naomi. Mandy Rose lifts Naomi up and hits her with Angel’s Wings. She goes for the cover and gets the 3 count.
Winner: Mandy Rose
Mandy and Sonya walk up to the ramp and Asuka attacks them from behind.
Backstage: AJ Styles, Randy Orton
AJ Styles is backstage and he’s asked about Kevin Owens replacing Kofi. Styles says WWE’s opportunities don’t grow on trees. And what happened last week was a mistake, Kofi was a robbed and Kevin Owens is in a lose, lose situation. Styles says the fans are screaming for Kofi Kingston, it’s his chance, his moment.
Randy Orton interrupts and asks Styles if he’s serious about talking about someone else earning a WWE title shot opportunity. Orton says he can see why it took AJ Styles 15 years to get to WWE.
Kevin Owens vs. Rowan
The bell rings and we are under way. Rowan with a big boot takes Owens down. Rowan throws Kevin into the corner and a running splash by Rowan. A drop kick by Rowan and Kevin Owens falls to the outside of the ring. Daniel Bryan talks trash to Kevin Owens who is announcing.
Kevin Owens attacks Daniel Bryan. Rowan goes to the outside and throws Owens into the ring steps. Rowan with a running splash onto Owens. Daniel Bryan hits Kevin Owens as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner by DQ: Kevin Owens
Rowan with a body slam onto Kevin Owens on the outside.
Mustafa Ali’s music hits. Ali runs to the ring and a drop kick onto Daniel Bryan. Ali with a suicide dive onto Rowan but Rowan catches him. He lifts Ali up but Ali lands on the table and a hurricanrana takes Rowan into the ring post. Daniel Bryan jumps off the ring apron and a knee to the face takes Ali out. In comes Kevin Owens who lands a stunner on Daniel Bryan.
In-Ring: Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch
Charlotte Flair’s music hits as the former women’s champion comes down to the ring. Clips of last night’s WWE Raw airs where Ronda Rousey attacked Becky Lynch. Charlotte says if she can get the man to come out and have a friendly discussion. Charlotte starts a mock “Becky” chant and Becky’s music hits. Charlotte mocks Becky as she’s getting in the ring.
Becky Lynch says it’s good to be back. Becky says Charlotte called her out for a friendly discussion, she wants to know about her well being. Becky says she’d be lying if she says her body wasn’t hurting her but it’s worth it if it means she’s in her head. Becky says she’s in Ronda’s weird head too. Becky says last night Ronda hit her with her absolute best but she’s still standing and ready to fight again.
Lynch says her knee is damaged but damaged people are the most dangerous because they have nothing left to lose. Charlotte kicks the crutches away and attacks Becky. Charlotte attacks Becky’s injured knee. Becky uses the crutches to hit Charlotte and she gets the Disarm-her on Charlotte.
WWE officials come out and break it up. Charlotte rolls out of the ring.